The Economic and Business Engagement Center at Southeast Missouri State University will host a LaunchU class this summer for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs.

Enrollment is now open for the next LaunchU, sponsored by EboMD, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays from June 28-July19 at the Economic and Business Engagement Center at 920 Broadway in Cape Girardeau.


LaunchU is a hands-on course that coaches aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs through the business planning process to determine business feasibility, including the actual development of a professional, Small Business Administration-approved business plan, pitch and financial forecast.

The course is a great opportunity for new business owners looking to jump-start their own business and for more seasoned owners who want to review the foundation of their business model, said Jakob Pallesen, director of Southeast’s Small Business and Technology Development Center.

“LaunchU will help you develop a foundation for your business and determine the best steps to move forward,” he said. “Participants will learn strategies from our facilitators and guest speakers, talk with like-minded individuals to explore their business ideas and have a business plan ready to present for potential lenders or investors.”

Additionally, participants will have access to the Liveplan business planning tool for three months.

At the end of the course, class participants will compete, presenting a pitch before a judging panel comprised of local business professionals. EboMD is providing $500 in cash prizes to the top pitch competition winners.

Class seats are limited, so advance registration is required. To enroll and complete the scholarship application, visit, and select “LaunchU” in the semester search dropdown window.

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